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Apr
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comment What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?
Increase the alcohol, lighten the body, remain true to style if you're brewing a Belgian or British beer style. Or, in he case of candi syrups, to enhance flavor.
Mar
30
comment Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?
My experience is that if you boil it down enough, you can achieve caramelization temps. But I haven't found that to be really different than not boiling it quite that far. And as noted, it isn't happening in the mash.
Mar
29
comment Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?
If by puling off the mash and caramelize it you mean decoction, there are mixed feelings about it. There are a lot of people who feel that doesn't make a difference. My own experimentation seems to confirm that. You can take some of the wort and boil it down to caramelize it to add sweetness, but obviously that's not done in the mash.
Mar
25
answered Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?
Mar
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Mar
23
comment Can I change the color to my beer to an arbitrary color?
A friend made a "Beetweizen" one time. No color from the beets.
Mar
17
comment Ensuring an accurate gravity reading
Very true, Tobias.
Mar
16
comment My brew is taking far longer than the leaflet suggests
Secondary fermentation is not always necessary and I think most homebrewers don't do it these days. I seldom do. Taking gravity samples is the only way to know what's going on...bubbles are unreliable as indicators. In your case, you could be seeing bubbles due to CO2 release due to temp changes. There's nothing wrong with opening the fermenter to take a gravity sample as long as you practice good sanitation.
Mar
15
comment Making a starter without DME?
Keep in mind that the best OG for starter wort is between 1.020 and 1.040. I aim for 1.030-35.
Mar
14
comment Growing hops from seeds
Agreed. Growing hops from seeds is a real crapshoot.
Mar
6
answered Mash process vs specialty grains
Feb
27
comment Proof dry yeast, or just pitch it?
A starter should never be used with dry yeast. It can be detrimental to yeast health. If the OG is too high for a single pack, use 2.
Feb
18
comment What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?
Cleber, the issue is channeling when you fly sparge, not grain particles.
Feb
18
answered What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?
Jan
27
comment What could cause a significant increase in proteins?
I would attribute it largely to proper pH. i find I get much more break material when I nail the pH.
Jan
25
answered Contact time required for sanitation with sodium metabisulphite?
Jan
24
comment What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?
Absolutely correct. Thanks for the correction.
Jan
23
answered What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?
Jan
21
answered Quality difference between LME and DME